TA applications for the Fall/Spring 2011-2012 sessions are 
due Friday June 24th, 2011.  Applications have been placed
in the mailboxes of the current students.  If you are not in the local 
area, you can find a copy of the application here:


Please note, you have to be a registered student in September to be 
eligible to apply.  If you will be a registered student in the Fall 
and are not interested in holding a TA position, you are still 
required to make a note of this on the application form and submit it. 

All graduate students are NOT required to attach a transcript.

Please submit all applications to Patrina Seepersaud at the front 
desk; you can also place it in her mailbox or email it to: 

Thank you.

-Department of Mathematics
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Last year the Institute for Optical Sciences introduced Techno2010, an intensive training program for scientists who want to build tech-based businesses, that will capitalize on the advanced knowledge acquired from doing research work. Out of that 4-week period came 10 new companies, which have made steady progress since, in spite of the lack of resources! One can build a company and write one’s own job! Check out the website for examples of companies from last year:


This year we are doing it again. We are looking for students who are seriously interested in building their tech-based company. Preferably working in teams, and usually with a technology in mind. But if not, we can assist in identifying technology, as well as in assembling teams.

We will interview applicants, and choose about 12 teams, more or less. The training is free, but space is limited – the earlier to talk to us, the better. Please pass along this announcement to anyone interested. We prefer the physical sciences, but we are open to cross-disciplinary ideas out there.

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Techno2011: June 20th – July 15th, 2011

The Institute for Optical Sciences (IOS), University of Toronto presents an intensive workshop for aspiring technopreneurs – fresh science and engineering graduates, current students and faculty supervisors. The workshop will teach young entrepreneurs to successfully translate their scientific discoveries to commercializable products and services. The accent will be on building companies and the approach will be hands on. The highly successful inaugural Techno2010 culminated in the formation of 10 new companies, all of which are growing at a healthy pace.Intensive thematic workshops on IP strategies, product development, financial and human resource management, corporate governance, market potential evaluation, business plan development and presentation skills will be interspersed with topical tutorials on related subjects and inspirational guest talks. The bulk of the time will be devoted to develop the actual business, with access to technical and business mentors and lab space. The IOS will provide lab space for engineering prototype development.The intake will be in teams (suggested size 2-4) with complementary skill sets. Students with masters or doctoral degrees in sciences or engineering will be preferred; those with other background such as finance and management can join the tech teams. Students/faculty may bring their own technology ideas and work on them. Alternatively, for those with strong entrepreneurial bent of mind without a clearly identified project, we can help connect with a team or provide possible projects.At the end of the intensive workshop the teams are expected to be ready with a go forward strategy for tech-based business. The IOS will extend its Business a la Carte™ services to the teams that move forward.Venue: IOS, 60 St. George Street, Suite 331, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A7Dates: June 20th – July 15th; All days weekdays during the course. (Refer to the exact schedule on-line)The workshop is free of charge, but the space is limited, so hurry your applications. Download your application from the website below. The deadline for application is May 20th, 2011. Selection will be based on team interviews.For further information and any questions, please contact techno@optics.utoronto.ca


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Good Morning,

As you may know this year’s Science Rendezvous is coming up in just 1 short week (on May 7th).

The Math Department, in partnership with the Fields Institute, will be having a significant display hosted at Fields.  This display will include a number of interactive and fun activities for the participants to take part in (including visualizing probability, a Rubix Cube Challenge, Geometry station, fractal station and more).

We are still looking for volunteers to either assist with general help on the day of the event or people to give presentations, walk around as an “Ask a Mathematician”, help with an interactive display, give a brief (10-15 minute) talk, etc.

If you are interested in being involved or if you want more information please contact myself or Andrea Yeomans (ayeomans@fields.utoronto.ca).

More information on the event can be found at: http://uoftsciencerendezvous.ca

If you are unable to help with the event we still hope that you’ll be able to attend and enjoy all that Science Rendezvous has to offer (and remember to bring the whole family)!


MATH DEPT DEADLINE:  Monday, May 16, 2011

Through the generous support of various donors, a number of endowments
have been established at the School of Graduate Studies.  Each year
a number of internal awards are made available from these endowments
to provide support to graduate students.  This year, more than
15 endowed awards with various eligibility criteria and values are
offered within the 2011-2012 SGS University-Wide Awards competition.
Individual award descriptions and application forms can be found on
the SGS website

Complete applications must be received in the math graduate office by

Monday, May 16th, 2011.

The department will then forward the complete application
to the School of Graduate Studies.
If two or more apply for a given award, there will be an
internal ranking first and then the applications will be forwarded.
The School of Graduate Studies deadline is May 24.

Please note that some of the University-Wide Awards are identified as
OSOTF and are only open to eligible students who are Canadian citizens
or Permanent Residents.  Applicants for these awards must demonstrate
financial need by completing an OSOTF Financial Needs Assessment form
to include with the application for each award to which they are applying.

If you have any enquiries about the internal awards, please send them
to Tara Lock at the following email address:

Students can now view awards-announcements on “Ulife”:
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Hart House Orchestra
Thursday, April 7, 2011, 8:00 p.m.
Hart House Great Hall

Free Admission

Second Piano Concerto
with pianist Peter Longworth

Death and Transfiguration

For information, please visit www.harthouseorchestra.ca

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The University has just announced the deadline for the Doctoral Completion
Award for 2011-2012 to be April 27. We have been informed that late
applications will not be considered.

In order to meet the university’s deadline, we have set the departmental
deadline to

MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011, 12 noon

This deadline is for both the student and the supervisor.

*** All current PhD4 students who are expecting to register in 2011-12
will be required to submit an application if they wish to be considered
for departmental funding, including TA-ships, and instructorships. ***

The number of awards to be assigned is not known yet. The award has a
value of $10,000 plus a tuition fee waiver (domestic or international).




DCA Student Application:

Please also attach a C.V. (not more than 3 pages).  The graduate office
will supply the required ROSI printout of transcript and a copy of the
last supervisory committee meeting report.


DCS Supervisor’s Evaluation:

In addition, supervisors are required to help in the department’s
recommendation form (please see attached).  Specifically, the following
parts of the form must be filled out by the supervisor (though they will
be edited later by the department):

1. Comments in support of the applicant’s academic merit and
quality of research.
2. Comments in support of the financial resources available to
support the applicant.
3. Comments in support of any unusual requirements of the
research that needed extended time or unforeseen events in
the research program that delayed its completion.
4. Overall comments in support of the applicant.

Hard copies of the application and recommendation form will be placed
in your mailboxes.

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MITACS Information Workshop
Tues, April 12th, 3-4pm. Fields Institute (222 College Street, Room 230). MITACS is a national research network funded by the federal and provincial government that connects Canadian researchers with companies and other organizations. Come learn about all of the program and funding opportunites provided by MITACS. There will also be sample case studies and a question and answer period.
Free pizza will be provided!
Please email lata.grover@utoronto.ca with any questions about the event.
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The Probability Theory comprehensive exam is administered by
the Department of Statistics and is always held in May.  
Math students may choose to write this exam and use it as
one of the three PhD comprehensive exam requirements for our
program.  It is not enough to take the Probability Theory courses
(STA 2111HF and STA 2211HS) and obtain the minimum grade of A-,
as is done with our core material.  

The exam is an almost all-day affair and this year it will be held
on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

Please let me know asap if you intend to register for the exam.  
I will then pass your name on to the Statistics Dept.


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The deadline for registration at a reduced rate is March 31.

The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) and the University of Alberta invite the mathematical community to the 2011 CMS Summer Meeting in Edmonton, from June 3 to 5). All scientific talks and social events will take place at the University of Alberta. Registration, exhibits and coffee breaks are located in the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS).

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the first undergraduate degree awarded at the University of Alberta and the 50th anniversary of the first doctoral degree awarded in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.

The program will include a wide variety of scientific sessions and the following prize, public and plenary speakers:

Excellence in Teaching Award Lecture – Yvan Saint-Aubin (Montréal)
Jeffery-Williams Prize  Lecture – Kai Behrend (UBC)
Krieger-Nelson Prize Lecture – Rachel Kuske (UBC)

Plenary Speakers
Leah Edelstein-Keshet (UBC)
Olga Holtz (UC Berkeley; TU Berlin)
François Lalonde (Montréal)
Bjorn Poonen (MIT)
Roman Vershynin (Michigan)

Public Lecture
Gerda de Vries (Alberta)

Related Activities
CMS Annual General Meeting – Friday, June 3
Women Mathematicians’ Lunch and Panel Discussion – Friday, June 3
NSERC Long Range Strategy Panel – Saturday, June 4
NSERC Funding Focus Panel – Saturday, June  4
AARMS-CMS Student Poster Session – Friday & Saturday, June 3 & 4

Early Bird Registration – Deadline: March 31
To qualify for the discounted Early Bird registration fee, the registration form and payment have to be received by the deadline.

Accommodation – Deadline: May 2
We have secured discounted rates at the Campus Tower Suites Hotel and the University Residences; the rates may no longer be available after the deadline.

Travel – Air Canada is offering special discounts to delegates attending the CMS Summer Meeting.

Student Travel Support – With the support of CRM, the Fields Institute, MITACS and PIMS, grants are available to partially fund the travel and accommodation costs for bona fide graduate students at a Canadian or other university.

Sponsors: University of Alberta, AARMS, CRM, Fields, MITACS and PIMS.

We look forward to welcoming you in Edmonton!

MITACS would like to inform you of two special funding opportunities for 
researchers in Ontario only:

Graduate training schools/Networking events
MITACS invites you to submit a proposal for an industrial graduate training 
school or networking event to be held in 2011. Eligible events should meet 
the following criteria:
Training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in an area of industrial 
need in any academic discipline
Contribution and/or participation of Ontario™s industry
1 day to 2 weeks in length
In an area of provincial importance (bioeconomy and clean technology, 
pharmaceutical research and manufacturing, information and computing 
technology, digital media, advanced health technologies, new and emerging 

For more information please click here. Applicants are invited to discuss their 
ideas prior to submitting a proposal by contacting programs@mitacs.ca. 
Proposals should be submitted a minimum of 8 weeks prior to the event and 
will be evaluated on an on-going basis.

One-Year Enhanced MITACS Accelerate PhD Fellowships

Enhanced MITACS Accelerate PhD Fellowships are being offered from 
MITACS. They are designed for PhD students enrolled at Ontario universities 
to undertake industrially focused research projects, while also developing 
professional skills. Valued at $40,000 over one year, this program will support 
PhD students pursuing collaborative research with an industrial partner, and 
also offer comprehensive training in professional skills through integrated 
specialized workshops and courses.

MITACS will make up to 40 awards across Ontario universities. Each award is 
of a one-year duration and must commence no later than September 15th, 
2011. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2011. 

MITACS Accelerate PhD Fellowships are open to all graduate students 
enrolled in a PhD program at an Ontario university. Eligible industry partners 
must be for-profit companies with operations in Ontario with the ability to 
have the fellowship holder spend time on-site for a portion of the year. The 
partner will contribute $15,000 in cash towards this award (payable to 
MITACS). The student must receive a minimum annual stipend of $30,000 
with the balance of the award (up to $10,000) available to the supervisor to 
cover eligible research costs associated with the fellowship.

Successful applicants will be offered four MITACS Step workshops focused 
on professional development over the course of the year. Course topics 
include project management, networking, presentation skills and 
communication skills. 

For additional information please contact accelerateplus@mitacs.ca or visit 


Gordana Krcevinac
Fellowships & Institutional 
 Grants Division

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